Swedish Institute promotes business sustainability in the Philippines

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SIMP, or The Swedish Institute Management Program-Asia, was highly promoted in Philippines on Monday and Tuesday 19-20 October.

Since Sweden is considered to be one of the leading countries in sustainable business practice, Swedish companies play a prominent role in finding new, innovative ways to integrate social, environmental and ethical concerns into their core business models. But the challenges are global and therefore Swedish Institute believes it is necessary to implement the Swedish business sustainability models worldwide. Philippines was next to hear more about the SIMP-program at the Swedish Institute seminar in Makati.

The Swedish Institute (SI) was the keyspeaker at the SIMP-Asia Information Seminar, held at New World Hotel in Makati. Led by Anna Sternbeck, Deputy Head of Unit Development Programmes and Mattias Iweborg, Managing Director of Enact, the two talkpersons from SI promoted the Swedish Institute Management Program- Asia (SIMP-Asia) as well as hear sustainable business and responsible leadership practices of Filipino companies through site visits.

SIMP-Asia comprises three weeks of intensive training spread out over seven months, all revolving around sustainable business and responsible leadership. 50 participants comprised of senior level management from local companies attended the SIMP-Asia Information Seminar.

Carla Limcaoco, Honorary Consul General of Sweden in the Philippines gave remarks on the importance of business sustainability and updates on Sweden-Philippine relations. An overview of SIMP-Asia was presented by Anna Sternbeck, which was followed by Mattias Iweborg giving a taste of SIMP through an interactive activity on responsible business despite conflicting perspectives.

Site visits were organized to observe first-hand how sustainability is integrated in business operations. These visits highlighted human capital investment, people-engagement, and protecting the environment as few tools in driving business sustainability- more profit, enriching lives, while preserving nature. These values together with finding ways to integrate sustainability and responsibility dimensions into strategies and practices are further nurtured by SIMP-Asia through advanced concepts, practical tools, and developing primary skills needed in today’s political and global leaders.

The Nordic Business Council of the Philippines (NBCP) and the Swedish Institute highly encourage Filipino executives to apply for SIMP-Asia. Details of the application process and further information can be found at www.eng.si.se

Sources: nbcp.com.ph

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